PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Medical District took top honors in Public Education in the 22nd annual Future of the Region Awards sponsored by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.
The announcement came during an awards luncheon held March 28 at the Hilton Carillon Park.
The Future of the Region Awards are among the most prestigious awards presented in the Tampa Bay area, highlighting “projects and programs that exemplify regionalism, and recogniz(ing) outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community.”
Recognition is bestowed for outstanding projects in Community Service; Cultural/Sports/Recreation; Development/Infrastructure; Natural Resources/Environment; Going Green; and Public Education.
In its awards program, the TBRPC wrote, “The Future of the Region Awards Program provides honor and recognition for notable achievement in resource planning and management in the Tampa Bay area. The Council’s mission in recognizing excellence is to encourage future vision and cooperation within the community.”
“This award is so meaningful to us,” said Medical District Chairman Dr. Daniel Strauss. “It honors a collaborative effort on the part of our three founding partners, the city of Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg College/Caruth Health Education Center, and the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to strengthen the health care system in our community through medical business development, student enrollment in health care education, and development of employment opportunities for those students graduating in the health care field with leading edge skills and knowledge.”
The Pinellas Park Medical District was formed in 2012 as a committee of the Chamber. Lan Pratt served as its first chairman, and Northside Hospital was its first major contributor.
Now numbering more than 70 members, the Pinellas Park Medical District hosts monthly lunch meetings that feature a variety of educational topics of importance to health care providers and medical support services.
Accepting for the Pinellas Park Medical District were Dr. Strauss; Paul Ziegler, PPMD finance officer; Mayor Sandra Bradbury; Vice Mayor Patricia Johnson; Douglas Lewis, city manager; Dr. Phil Nicotera, provost, St. Petersburg College/Caruth Health Education Center; Jon Farris, 2012/2013 president of the Chamber; Terry England, Chamber Economic Development Committee chairman; Aimee Bennett, marketing director, Northside Hospital; and Joe Incorvia, city planner.